THE FOUNDERS

 
 
 
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Danny Song

Founder & Head of School

Danny Song is the Founder and Head of School of Believe Memphis Academy, founded through the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, a rigorous, yearlong, comprehensive training program in urban charter school creation and leadership.

Prior to the BES Fellowship, Danny joined the education reform movement through the Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR). As an MTR graduate and alum, he helped found three different charter schools in the capacity of founding teacher, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal in Memphis and Nashville. He also worked on the new teacher Summer Institute teams of Teach for America in Memphis and Nashville as a teacher leadership specialist and school site director.

2015 recipient of the national Sontag Prize in Urban Education, Danny holds a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Urban Education from Union University.

 
 
 

Jeff Warren

Director Of Operations

Jeff Warren is a native Memphian, who attended Snowden and Central High School.

Prior to joining Believe Memphis Academy Charter School, he was a Teach for America Corp Member in New York City. Jeff taught for five years at Leadership Prep Ocean Hill, an Uncommon School in Brownsville, Brooklyn, before moving to the role of Director of Special Projects at the Middle School.  

Jeff holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from the Relay School for Education.

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Sarah logan song

dean of families

As the Dean of Families, Sarah Logan Song will lead the recruitment, retention and engagement of families at Believe Memphis Academy.

Sarah is a 2011 alum of the Memphis Teacher Residency. She brings experience teaching high school French at a traditional district school, was a founding 7th grade social studies teacher at a Memphis charter school, and a founding teacher of a turn-around elementary charter school. At  every level and type of schooling, Sarah saw the additional impact on student achievement and positive school community when parents and families had an active voice in their children’s education.

Sarah holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Union University with a B.S. in French and International Business and also an M.A. in Urban Education.